BJP-VHP workers court arrest over Amarnath land row

August 21st, 2008 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Nagpur, Aug 21 (IANS) Over 5,000 activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Vishwa Vindu Parishad courted arrest at six prominent city squares here Thursday in support of the demand for restoration of land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board in Jammu and Kashmir.Between 1,000 and 1,200 activists, nearly 50 percent of them women, participated in the ‘jail bharo’ (court arrests) agitation at each of the six venues, holding aloft the national flag under the banner of Amaranth Yatra Sangharsh Samiti, BJP city unit general secretary Sanjay Bhende told IANS.

The police rounded up the protesters after they blockaded the roads and symbolically held them under arrest at open grounds for a couple of hours before releasing them.

There was no friction or untoward incident anywhere, said additional commissioner of police Babasaheb Kangale.

Similar agitation was held at headquarters in all the eleven districts in Vidarbha, Bhende said.

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